Photography and digital image manipulation

Travel photography with Tracy Hallett

Ref: S3D08895

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About this course

Photographers often see the world in isolated moments, but telling a story via a series of pictures can be incredibly powerful. Learn to create a cohesive set of pictures with clear intention, looking at shooting, editing, sequencing, and how to utilise a powerful travel portfolio for competitions, selling images or pairing with text.

Course Description

Photographers often see the world in isolated moments, but telling a story via a series of pictures can be incredibly powerful. Many travel photographers, for example, treat individual images as though they are chapters in a book - fascinating in isolation, but contributing to the story as a whole. This technique has parallels with filmmaking. When we watch a movie we are introduced to the scene via an establishing shot (think John Ford and his grand vistas of Monument Valley) before moving on to more intimate pictures of the main subject (think extreme close-up of John Wayne's eyes prior to a gunfight). All of these techniques can be applied to stills photography.

Creating a cohesive set of pictures requires clear intention and we will be looking at everything from creating a shooting list to the execution of your pictures and, finally, the editing and sequencing of your work to create a powerful travel portfolio. Through a series of slideshows featuring some of the world's most successful travel photographers, short discussions, and practical exercises we will learn how to tell a story through stills photography. Once this has been determined we will look at what to do with your portfolio, from entering photographic competitions to selling work through stock agencies, and pairing text with images.

While we will be focusing on travel photography, the skills learnt on the course can equally be applied to other genres such as wedding photography, wildlife photography and garden photography.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • You are required to bring a digital camera and lens (any focal length), at least one battery (and its charger), plenty of empty memory cards, and suitable clothing for outdoor sessions.
  • You need to be familiar with using a computer, as the course will not cover basic computer skills. A core understanding of Photoshop/Lightroom is preferable, but not essential.
  • Fully working digital camera and lenses with at least one battery (and charger)
  • Camera instruction manual (if available)
  • Plenty of empty memory cards
  • Tripod (if available)
  • USB stick (if available)
  • Any accessories you commonly use for photography
  • Pen and paper
  • Clothing suitable for extensive outdoor sessions (including waterproof trousers)
  • A note of your Adobe ID login, may be useful

Please note: A basic understanding of how your camera works is desirable, but controls can be left on full auto if preferred. We may be carrying out minor adjustments in Photoshop/Lightroom, so a basic understanding of this software is helpful, though not essential.


Tracy Hallett

Tracy Hallett is a former editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, and currently works as Technique Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine. She has written various photography books, including Close-up & Macro Photography (which was recently translated into Chinese and French). Her work has been exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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